Night Out (album)

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Night Out
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 21, 1979
StudioMediasound and The Power Station (New York City, New York)
LabelCleveland International
Ellen Foley chronology
Night Out
Spirit of St. Louis

Night Out is the 1979 debut studio album by Ellen Foley, a long-time backup vocalist for Meat Loaf. Seven of the nine tracks were cover versions of Foley's favorite songs, while two were co-written by Foley, one of which was "We Belong to the Night", which hit #1 in the Netherlands and #31 in Australia around Christmas of 1979. The musicians were mostly from Ian Hunter's touring band for his 1979 album You're Never Alone with a Schizophrenic, with the addition of Australian musician Kerryn Tolhurst on slide guitar.

Hunter and ex-Spiders From Mars guitarist Mick Ronson produced the album. Ronson suggested the two Philip Rambow songs and the piano backing for the final track "Don't Let Go", written by Hunter.[1]

Track listing[edit]

1."We Belong to the Night"Ellen Foley, Fred Goodman5:24
2."What's a Matter Baby (Is It Hurting You)" (Timi Yuro cover)Joy Byers, Clyde Otis3:47
3."Stupid Girl" (Rolling Stones cover)Mick Jagger, Keith Richards4:09
4."Night Out"Philip Rambow5:21
5."Thunder and Rain" (Graham Parker cover)Graham Parker3:04
6."Sad Song" (Mark Middler cover)Mark Middler, Peter Mason3:31
7."Young Lust"Philip Rambow5:34
8."Hideaway"Ellen Foley, Fred Goodman3:50
9."Don't Let Go"Ian Hunter4:04



Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[10] Gold 20,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[11] Gold 50,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.



  • Ian Hunter – producer, arrangements
  • Mick Ronson – producer, arrangements
  • Bob Clearmountain – engineer
  • Harvey Goldberg – engineer
  • Phil Shrago – assistant engineer
  • Bob Ludwig – mastering at Masterdisk (New York, NY)
  • Gene Grief – design
  • Benno Friedman – photography


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  2. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 115. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
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  6. ^ " – Ellen Foley – Nightout". Hung Medien. Retrieved April 5, 2021.
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  10. ^ "International Certifiations" (PDF). Cash Box. May 17, 1980. p. 39. Retrieved December 3, 2021 – via World Radio History.
  11. ^ "Dutch album certifications – Ellen Foley – Nightout" (in Dutch). Nederlandse Vereniging van Producenten en Importeurs van beeld- en geluidsdragers. Retrieved July 16, 2022. Enter Nightout in the "Artiest of titel" box. Select 1979 in the drop-down menu saying "Alle jaargangen".